Catholics pay respects to Bishop Mkhori in BT: Body taken for burial in Chikhwawa

Malawi Catholic Church christians from Blantyre ArchDiocese converged at College of Medicine mortuary to pay their last respect to Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, Right Reverend Felix Eugenio Mkhori,  who died on Saturday at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre.

At exactly 2:03pm Arch Bishop Tarcizio Ziyaye of Blantyre ArcDiocese and Allan Changwera Bishop Emeritus of Zomba Diocese led the congregation in prayers before the body was taken to Catholic Institute before being taken to Chinkhwawa Diocese.

The body of the late Mkhori is expected to be laid to rest on Wednesday, October 31 at Mzimu Woyera Seminary Cemetery in the district, according to the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM).

Bishop Mkhori was born on August 24, 1931, and was ordained priest on September 8, 1961. He was consecrated bishop on January 8, 1978.

He served as bishop of Chikhwawa until 2001 when he became bishop of the Diocese of Lilongwe. He retired from the pastoral office in 2007.

Bishop Mkhori was one of the seven Roman Catholic Bishops who signed the Pastoral Letter which criticized the human rights abuses and power abuse of the Kamuzu Banda regime.

Mkhori, along with the other Bishops, was placed under house arrest and condemned to death.

At the time of his death, Mkhori lived at St. Montfort in Chikhwawa.

Part of the mourners at the College of Medicine.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
One of the priests coming out from the mortuary-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Catholics trooping at the College of Medicine-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

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